Pioneer of "jump blues" and a blues guitar legend.
"Modern electric blues guitar can be traced directly back to this Texas-born pioneer, who began amplifying his sumptuous lead lines for public consumption circa 1940 and thus initiated a revolution so total that its tremors are still being felt today.
"Few major postwar blues guitarists come to mind that don't owe T-Bone Walker an unpayable debt of gratitude."
Bill Dahl, Allmusic.com
The Texas bassist Marco Washington was either the stepfather or uncle of T-Bone Walker (accounts vary). He taught T-Bone to play the guitar, ukulele, banjo, violin, mandolin, and piano.
The King of the Electric Blues.
The Hoochie Coochie Man defined Chicago blues.
Jazz music moves off the dance floor.
The blues follows the Great Migration north and plugs in.
The biggest musical phenomenon of the 20th century.
Urban-born rich vocal harmonies combined with teen romance.